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Game #4248

Aston Villa

Saturday, 23 January 1993


4th Round

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

FA Cup 4th Round

Attendance: 21,088


Villa Park

A match report for the ages as the scum of Wimbledon descend on B6 again, in a few short years the club would no longer exist, they were not missed, it wasnโ€™t a fairytale it was undisguised thuggery whilst renowned fantasist Joe Kinnear bends reality once again.

Aston Villa



Assist(s) | Ray Houghton | 3' |


Dwight Yorke, opener before the woeful Wimbledon hit back - literally.




Saturday, 23 January 1993

โšฝ | 3โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Dwight Yorke, Assist by Ray Houghton
๐Ÿฅ… | 35โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Wimbledon), Gary Elkins
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-1 Wimbledon
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-1 Wimbledon


Joe Kinnear claims Villa fans pelted him with bricks. The thugs of Wimbledon set out to maim Villa's players. Kinnear didn't explain where fans had found a brick, let alone bricks plural to throw or why no-one else saw the incident. Kinnear did find time however to excuse the appalling club and team he led. Pitiful. The 21 June 2004, still 12 years away, was a happy day for football as the club who inflicted so much damage on the game, physically and metaphorically, was dissolved.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1981-82


European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1987-88



Previous 5 vs. Wimbledon: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ


Season | 1992-93 |
Matchday | #32 |
Manager Game | #82 |
Saturday, 23 January 1993


Manager: Ron Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Liverpool, 1991-1994
Referee: Ken Redfern | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Whitley Bay, 1978-1993
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ


Ron Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


๐Ÿ•’ 83 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 37 ๐ŸŸจ | 23 ๐ŸŸฅ 23 | 1.61

Career Form:

Top 6

Ron Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


Referee: Ken Redfern | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Whitley Bay, 1978-1993 ๐Ÿ†˜
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 5 September 1992, Villa 3-0 Palace, Villa Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Ken Redfern





๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ


In one change, Steve Froggatt returns in place of Neil Cox.


Starting XI Average Age | 27.70 |

Oldest Player |
GK Nigel Spink | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 34.48 |

Youngest Player |
W Steve Froggatt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.89 |



Ron Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Joe Kinnear | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

Aston Villa

GK Nigel Spink | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Earl Barrett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Shaun Teale | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Paul McGrath | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Ray Houghton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
M Garry Parker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Kevin Richardson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Steve Froggatt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Dean Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CF Dwight Yorke | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น | โšฝ |


GK Hans Segers | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ |
D Roger Joseph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Gary Elkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CB John Scales | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Dean Blackwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Vinnie Jones | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Neil Ardley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Robbie Earle | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Lawrie Sanchez | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
CF John Fashanu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Steve Cotterill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |


No Substitutions Made


๐Ÿ” | CF Steve Cotterill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Dean Holdsworth | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)


RB Neil Cox | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Stefan Beinlich | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |


W Andy Clarke | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 7/11

Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 8/13



1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 10/11

Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 12/13



Not recorded


Not Recorded

Player Positions:


GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Halfโ€จ

M, CH, LH, RH : Midfielder, Centre Half, Left Half, Right Half
W, OL, OR : Winger, Outside Left, Outside Right
F, IF, IL, IR : Forward, Inside Forward, Inside Left, Inside Right, Second Striker, False 9
CF : Centre Forward


Match Symbols:


โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game




Not recorded


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โ€œWe are disputing the fact that stones were thrown.

โ€œJohn Hood, our safety operations manager, went down there today - and there are no stones in the area.

โ€œItโ€™s difficult to imagine where anyone would find stones to throw.

โ€œPart of our prematch security check is to remove anything that might be considered dangerous - and supporters are searched at the turnstiles.โ€

Villa Secretary Steve Stride on Joe Kinnearโ€™s blatant lies.

โ€œWe are doing it the hard way.

โ€œWe will be the only team to have played more matches in the Cup than in the League at the end of the season

โ€œWe were quite slick early on but maybe the combination of three games in a week caught up with us

โ€œThey made it difficult at times for us.

โ€œWe would have liked to have played more quality football but they did their utmost to make sure we didnโ€™t.

โ€œJonesโ€™ tackle? It was a trifle late.โ€

Ron Atkinson.

*Birmingham Post*
Monday, 25 January 1993

To be at Villa Park on Saturday was to witness a crime. The victim was the game of football and the offenders were Wimbledon - serial killers in this matter.

It is a depressing and familiar story but repeated exposure to the Donsโ€™ patented and perfected tactics does not lessen the horror.

Their manager Joe Kinnear went through the usual catechism of excuses and to say they are wearing thin is as big an understatement as saying Vinnie Jones is a dirty player.

He is a disgrace to his club (sorry he is the epitome of his club) and a danger to his fellow professionals.

The ranks of professional footballers are not peopled by saints but Jonesโ€™ inexcusable attempted assault on Garry Parker was astonishing even by his red-misted standards.

Even Kinnear called it stupid but to then say Jones has to learn was to beggar belief Jones is 28 is in his seventh season in the game and faces his third ban this season.

Kinnear himself became embroiled in a row with fans around the dugout with charge and counter charge made.

Enraged supporters reported the Wimbledon boss to police for making obscene open-handed gestures to them while he told the post-match conference that a โ€œcouple of bricksโ€ had been thrown at him.

Under further questioning he revised that down to โ€œlittle bricks and stonesโ€ although it was not clear where fans may have found these missiles.

It was all the unpleasantness that surrounds a visit from the South London boys but the real damage was being done out on the pitch. Wimbledon were not just dirty but a combination of their style and tactics induced long passages of mind-numbing play.

Foul throw-in, goal-kick, offside, foul throw-in, goal-kick, off-side: So it went on interminably through the first half after Villaโ€™s slick opening had grit poured in the workings by Jones and Co.

As Villa tried to bring it down and pass so Wimbledon chased and thumped it down the touchline or over the middle.

It was like being at Twickenham. Every time they won a throw-in within 15 yards of the Villa dead-ball line they wasted time while Jones chugged over to take a long throw and John Scales trudged up from defence.

Every loose ball in midfield was hacked up field, every free-kick or throw-in against them was where possible prevented from being taken quickly.

โ€œWe are an honest lotโ€ said Kinnear although this reporter had more sympathy for his opinion when he said: โ€œWe are not everyoneโ€™s cup of tea Iโ€™m aware of that but we will take what comes with it.

We do not have to play a style to suit Villa he added pointing out what happened to Middlesbrough last week. But it is a lame excuse to say they play that way because they cannot afford better players. Oldham got into the Premier League without money and play with panache.

Wimbledon are a mean miserable-spirited lot who get the support they deserve and it will not just be Villa who hope Wimbledon go out in the replay a week on Wednesday.

Now I have that off my chest what of Villa?

They started perfectly and but for poor finishing by Dwight Yorke who shot wide in the first ten seconds they could quickly have seen off their opponents.

A few minutes later the same player put them ahead with a twisting header from Ray Houghtonโ€™s cross but Wimbledon (โ€œweโ€™re hard to beatโ€) regrouped and knuckled down and the first half dragged fruitlessly by either side of Wimbledonโ€™s equaliser.

Teale was harshly judged to have fouled just outside the area and the free-kick was touched to Gary Elkins whose low shot came off a post and over the line from the back of Nigel Spinkโ€™s shoulders.

Teale and McGrath were otherwise largely unperturbed by Wimbledonโ€™s direct style Earl Barrett was excellent again while Villaโ€™s midfield attempted to bring sanity and fluidity to proceedings.

Their manager Ron Atkinson is making an eloquent art of silence and the expressive shrug. He limited himself to saying Wimbledon โ€œmake it difficultโ€ and he blamed Villaโ€™s performance on the rigours of a third game in a week. But they spent most of the second half camped in Wimbledonโ€™s half but were unable to bring a real save from Hans Segers who added to the ugliness by receiving a booking for dissent after objecting to the award of a corner.

By then Jones had earned his booking for kicking out at the heels of Parker who had not even attempted or come into contact with the Wimbledon player.

Wimbledon could have stolen the tie had Dean Holdsworth got his foot to a chance in the six-yard box but enough crime had already been committed.

It is depressing that Villa have to meet them twice again this season and almost as bad is that the chief architect of their style Dave Bassett brings his Sheffield United side on Wednesday and then Southampton Hurlock et al are Saturdayโ€™s unsavoury rehearsal for the replay.

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